Fildo – Not the next great music player downloader

Fildo will allow you to stream popular music to your phone, or download it for offline listening.

Music is one of humans greatest inventions. It is a part of culture that can be shared regardless of language or past. In my opinion, the more ways to share music to others, the better off we are. Fildo is one way to discover the music that we all crave – though it isn’t the best one out there, it simply gets the job done.

Right off the bat, Fildo has a fairly unappealing UI. An ugly red navbar coupled with a teal-blue font and white background just isn’t that pretty, and turned me off from the app instantly – good UI design is important, people!

The homepage has four differing music categories, Top Albums, Top Artists, Genres, and Top Netease Playlists. Fildo streams the music from various databases such as vk.com, opposed to other services that stream from torrents or possibly have their own servers to stream from.

Clicking on the song plays a decent quality mp3, and also gives me the option to play the entire album it’s from, add to queue, or even download the track for offline listening – always an appreciated feature. A nice little touch also allows me clean my entire queue and just play my picked song next. Again, it doesn’t look pretty, but it does work.

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Going over to the nav bar there is a Last 100 Playlists section, and I am taken to a grouping of randomly named playlists with tons of random songs on them. I guess this is a great way to find random music, no? I just don’t understand who’s last 100 playlists these are.

I can create an account which allows me to import a Netease playlist – a nifty feature, and good for those who have one. I can then look at my download queue and player queue as well as configure a few settings such as the theme or where I want Fildo to save my music.

The actual music player screen looks like it it is supposed to load some album artwork, but it never loaded for me. I then have the standard shuffle, repeat, and skip buttons, as well as a very ugly green play button. Fildo does offer lyrics in the player screen which is a nice bonus for the user. One glaring omission from the otherwise perfectly functional player is the lack of control when my phone is locked. On my LG G5, I had to swipe into the app if I wanted to skip songs which is fairly annoying and definitely will keep me from using this app recreationally.

Fildo is not a pretty app. There are some pretty unappealing UI choices both in the actual design of the app as well as the color scheme. Despite that, Fildo does do what you expect it to in that it plays music when you click on a song, and skips and pauses when you tap. They really should look into lock-screen control as that can be game-breaking for many potential users.

Eventual questions about installing and use you can also post as comment below. Enjoy!

Pros

  • Plays music just fine
  • Has built-in lyrics

Cons

  • Gross-Looking UI
  • No lock-screen control
  • Bottom banner ads (perfectly blocked by NetGuard)
  • Website can’t be accessed in some countries

The website seems to have geo-blocks, you can access it using eg. TunnelBear or CyberGhost also in order to get the latest updates, because without the latest version you won’t get anywhere beyond the update pop-up…

You can download Fildo from the authors website here, direct link to the file here.

Enjoy!

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